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Choosing the sustainability: Govt bans plastic bags

ISLAMABAD: The federal cabinet meeting at the PM Office here on Tuesday gave a rushed approval to the ban on plastic bags in the Capital, earlier proposed to be imposed from 14th August.

Pursuant to an initiative launched by the Pakistan Parliament’s Upper House, the Senate had specially entrusted a sub-Committee of the Standing Committee on Climate Change to focus on “Green and Clean” Islamabad.

About a month ago from today, State Minister for Climate Change Zartaj Gul had announced a blanket ban on use of plastic bags in Islamabad from August 14.

Zartaj also presented an alternative to plastic bags, urging to use cotton bags instead.

She further told media, a statutory regulatory order (SRO) under the Pakistan Environmental Protection Act 1997 was being drafted to give legal cover to the proposed ban. She had informed that five thousand cotton bags had been distributed among employees of the federal government and more were being procured for distribution in weekly Bazars and other market places.

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